HI all - I usually post in the Crohn's section, but had a question pertaining to the pain medication I take and thought you all may have some more info. I am on Remicade every 4 weeks and take tramadol as needed for Crohn's. My prescription is only for 2/day (50mg) as needed, and my doctor usually writes me a script of 60. I usually call for a refill every 2 months or so, as I don't take it daily, mostly on the weekends when I have plans to be out and about or before work on bad mornings.
So I called for a refill last week and my doctor's nurse called back and said that my doctor was on vacation and she could no longer send in the refill request because NY state has recently classified Tramadol as a "Controlled Substance". She said she could have the nurse practitioner from his other office write out the script and mail it to my pharmacy. I was a little confused, but agreed. A few days later I went to pick up the medicine and the pharmasist informed me that my prescription was changed from 2/day to 1/day and there were 30 pills instead of 60. I am wondering if my doctor's office is less comfortable prescribing this now that it is a "controlled substance" (whatever that means). I am slightly worried because it is kind of my back up for bad days and I am afraid I will have nothing now.
I plan on talking to my doctor about it at my next appointment. I respect his decision if he is no longer comfortable prescribing this medicine, but I am also wondering if there is anything else to take for pain? A lot of people on the CD forum have stronger meds (narcotics) for pain, but I don't think that is for me at this point in my disease or life. Do you think a change in the med classification can really change how a doctor prescribes things (considering he was very conservative to begin with)?